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February 1, 2023

Business Identity Theft

Most people have heard of identity theft, but did you know that a business can also have its identity stolen? Not only can criminals steal an individual’s information, but businesses are also at risk for this type of security breach. Businesses are often more attractive to criminals given the greater opportunity for theft of higher amounts of money at one time. Frequently, criminals will pretend to be someone with a high position in the business, such as an owner or officer in order to steal money or get loans in the business’s name. In the process, they can ruin the … Continue reading

December 20, 2022

Business Insurance for Freelancers

Over the past couple of years, freelancing in the self-employment world has grown in popularity.  This is the type of self-employment where a person’s job is on a per project or contract basis.  Freelancing has a lot of benefits, and also a lot of hurdles to jump through to make a business successful. Just like any kind of self-employment, freelancers must pay for their own insurance, both health insurance and business insurance.  They will never experience the joy of a paid day off or the security of sick pay.  However, freelancers do get a lot of perks, such as the … Continue reading

November 21, 2022

The Threat of Cargo Theft

“Supply chain” is one of the most overused phrases of the past few years. Even so, many people are unaware of all the disruptions that can happen to supply chains and how they can influence daily life. The emergence and widening spread of cargo theft continues to impact supply chain deliveries all over the world on a regular basis. How can a business go about safeguarding itself against cargo thieves? Understanding the most targeted places, times, and items of theft is a big step in preventing loss. Supply chain complexity is growing at a rapid rate. Determining where a business … Continue reading

October 12, 2022

Business Winter Safety Tips

The beginning of winter often brings pleasant thoughts to mind: upcoming holidays with loved ones, fun outdoor winter activities, and long, cozy nights cuddled up at home.  It should also bring to mind the responsibilities of preparing your business for the impending change of weather.  Start by making a list of tasks to complete and check them off one by one before winter arrives. Slips, trips, and falls become a greater hazard and liability in the winter for businesses.  Snow and ice make walkways even more slippery and dangerous.  Prevent accidents and injuries by having a written snow and ice … Continue reading

August 16, 2022

Vacant Building Issues

Since March of 2020, many commercial building owners have fallen victim to the “retail apocalypse.”  The pandemic made it necessary for countless brick-and-mortar businesses across the country to adapt to both an online retail presence and a work-from-home office set-up. Consumers were also ordered to stay at home when possible. This left many stores devoid of physical customer activity and several buildings across the country that would normally be bustling with life sitting vacant. Some businesses decided to continue this path after the pandemic lessened to a point where they were allowed to reopen their doors. They found it easier … Continue reading

July 19, 2022

Construction Near Water: Important Facts

Living and working near large bodies of water like Lake Superior gives contractors much to think about when it comes to insuring their businesses. Did you know that you need special insurance coverage to do construction near navigable waters?  Without it, if you find yourself in the middle of a claim, your loss may not be covered. First, what is the definition of navigable waters?  Any body of water, such as a river, canal, lake, or ocean that is deep, wide, and calm enough for a water vessel to travel along is considered navigable.  It can also be called a … Continue reading

June 1, 2022


Accidents Happen.  From a simple muscle strain to a serious fall, workplace injuries can significantly affect your employees and your bottom line.  In addition to the direct costs associated with your workers’ compensation insurance, you may have expenses that stem from the hiring and training or replacement workers, lost productivity, accident investigations and more. Even when the right precautions are taken, it only takes a split second for a routine task to turn catastrophic.   Even with the unknowns, however, there are effective ways an employer can help to control the workers’ comp costs.  We want to share one of those … Continue reading

June 1, 2022

Online Claims Management

The world today operates online more than ever, especially since the pandemic forced all industries to adapt to doing everything digitally at an accelerated rate. The digital world continues to grow at a rapid pace, and for most people and businesses it would be a difficult task, if not impossible, to get by without access to a smart phone or computer on a regular basis. Many insurance carriers have put the digital world to good use with online claims handling. Did you know that many insurance carriers offer the ability to file or manage a claim online or via an … Continue reading

March 3, 2022

Reed to Succeed White as CEO at VAST

VAST CEO Scott White has announced that he will be stepping down as CEO effective March 1, 2022. Kelly Reed, a Marquette native, and currently a Risk Advisor at VAST will succeed White. White has been CEO of VAST since 1998. In addition to his duties as CEO, Scott has served on numerous industry advisory councils and was inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame in 2021. He will officially retire from VAST in May 2022. Reed is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has been with VAST for 15 years. He has worked in commercial insurance since … Continue reading

June 3, 2021

Cyber Incident Response Plan

Cyber events, cyber-attacks, cyber incidents…the list of names for events where an organization’s system is compromised is never ending. Unfortunately, along with the long list of names, the actual events themselves are becoming more and more frequent and severe for organizations around the world. As you try and navigate the world of cyber-liability, cyber-attacks and cyber incidents, you may wonder how you can best protect your system and your organization from being a victim of an attack or mitigating the ramifications of an attack. Along with strong risk management, security protocols, and a robust cyber insurance program in place to … Continue reading

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